This was the third stand-alone single released by Enter Shikari in 2013, following "The Paddington Frisk" and "Radiate
." It finds Rou Reynolds railing at mundane existence:
"The purpose of the rat race defeats me.
When we're gone, what's left behind?"
The phrase "rat race" conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel. It is generally used in reference to the relentless struggle to get ahead of one's rivals, particularly in a competitive work context.